Cloud Video Platform (CVP) technology to be implemented across all civil and family courts

24th July 2020

The Government has announced that Cloud Video Platform (CVP) technology will be rolled out across all civil and family courts, following its successful launch in many Crown and Magistrates courts across the UK.

The implementation of CVP forms a part of the HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) recovery plan which encourages justice to be delivered as usual throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more…

Kim McDonald, Partner at our Exeter office, returns from maternity leave

17th July 2020

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are very pleased to welcome Kim McDonald, Partner, back from maternity leave.

Kim is a Partner in our Litigation Department and as well as dealing with general civil litigation matters has a particular interest in all aspects of employment law, acting for both applicants and respondents in Employment Tribunals. Kim advises employers and employees and regularly provides her expertise in relation to grievances, disciplinary matters, the redundancy process, and settlement agreements. Read more…

Update on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

15th July 2020

On 25th June 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation bill concluded its long journey through the House of Commons and obtained Royal Assent.

Whilst many family law solicitors and divorcing couples are delighted to see the bill finally become a law, they have been told to expect further delays whilst changes to the court forms and online portal are implemented. Robert Buckland, Lord Chancellor, has informed MPs that any couples seeking a no-fault divorce will have to wait until autumn 2021. Read more…

Temporary stamp duty holiday introduced to revive property market

8th July 2020

This morning, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a temporary holiday would be placed on stamp duty land tax for all property sales up to the value of £500,000, rising from its previous threshold of £125,000. This payment holiday will take immediate effect and run until 31st March 2021.

The change has been warmly welcomed by home buyers and those who work in real estate, property development, among other related industries, and are reliant on a buoyant property market. Read more…

New Beginnings

3rd July 2020

Private Client Solicitor at our Exeter office, Alyson Coulson, joined the firm in March 2020. In this blog, Alyson reflects on her first few months at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors and her experience of starting a new job amidst a devastating pandemic.

It has now been four months since I arrived in Exeter for my first day at Gilbert Stephens, shoes polished and new pencil case in hand. I’ve started new jobs before, but I have to say that this is the most unusual probationary period that I have ever had. Within a month we were in lockdown. My revised commute is a short walk across the landing and every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Read more…

Exeter Property Circle Zoom Chat with Phil Keddie (President of ARLA)

29th June 2020

On Thursday 25th June at 5:30pm, Exeter Property Circle hosted their first ever virtual event with property expert and President of ARLA, Phil Keddie.

Exeter Property Circle was first established by staff at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors to include Dana Mulligan, Marketing Manager, Sarah Heath and Antonia D’Alessio, Chartered Legal Executives. The collaborative networking group hosts bimonthly networking events for property professionals to meet and forge relationships within the Exeter area. Read more…

A First Time Buyer’s Guide to the Conveyancing Process

26th June 2020

Most first time buyers will have never heard of conveyancing before deciding to buy their first property. The process of buying a house, instructing conveyancers, surveyors, estate agents, and parting with a large sum of hard-earned cash is often a stressful experience for those who have not done it before.

Sarah Heath, Chartered Legal Executive in our Conveyancing Department, guides us through the conveyancing process and details exactly what you can expect when buying your first home with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors. Knowing what to expect from the process will help to alleviate stress and prevent any unnecessary costs further down the line. Read more…

Housing possession proceedings suspended until end of August

11th June 2020

On 27th March 2020, the Government announced a suspension to all housing possession proceedings going through the courts until 25th June 2020. Last week, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced a further two-month extension to the housing possession suspension.

First established to protect vulnerable tenants from being evicted for coronavirus-related reasons, the suspension protects private and social renters, alongside those with mortgages and licenses covered by the Protection from the Eviction Act 1977. Read more…